Nursery idea that just doesn’t add up

Gratifying to see that Michael Gove is not alone in the ‘daft ideas’ section of the Education department. Last week, Elizabeth Truss announced reforms to nursery provision which were immediately criticised by everyone who might be thought to know what they’re talking about. Her ‘idea’ is that child-adult ratios can be increased providing the staff are better qualified. This was quickly and easily ridiculed by anyone who has any idea about looking after small children where your ability to pass GCSE Maths is not foremost in the skills required. The announcement was ‘spun’ as a benefit to parents because it would drive down the costs of nursery provision since the nurseries would need to employ fewer staff (ignoring the fact that better qualifications will demand better wages).

Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth Truss MP

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